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Corporate accounts are buying into the ultrabook big time

So far, the Intel-based ultrabook market has been very small and few consumers have jumped on the “thin and light” bandwagon. While the market as a whole isn’t exactly setting sales records, Dell is bragging that XPS 13 ultrabook sales have been higher than its initial projections. The XPS 13 is made using aluminum and carbon fiber for strength and reduced weight.
Dell says that demand has been about three times what it expected for the machines.
"We can't build enough of them at the moment," said Sam Burd, vice president of Dell's Consumer and SMB product group. "A little bit less than 3X the expected demand," he said.
Dell won't provide specific numbers on the units it's selling, but greater than expected demand is a good sign for ultrabook makers overall. One of the main things that have been holding ultrabooks back from adoption by mainstream users has been the price of entry. The ultrabook was originally expected at around $600 and many of the first units to hit the market were significantly more than that amount.

Analyst Stephen Baker from NPD Group says that he's optimistic about ultrabooks in the long run. He also notes the computer makers need to focus on fewer models and more profitability for each product they do offer. "Look at the iPad. People are willing to pay $600 or $700 for something that gives them a great experience. Something that looks good and makes them feel comfortable and confident.”
The XPS 13 isn't cheap ultrabook with prices starting at $999. Most of the sales that are driving the machine's success are coming out of large corporate accounts according to Burd.
The ultrabook market is expected to benefit significantly from Intel's Ivy Bridge processors.

Source: CNET

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By TakinYourPoints on 5/2/2012 6:53:53 PM , Rating: 2
Yes because we know everything out there runs off USB lol. It's NOT a BS argument. We're talking about OS X, not just OS X as it pertains to laptops. For you to sit here and try to claim OS X has anywhere NEAR the hardware support that Windows does is a lie. You sir are lying.

What external hardware can't my Macs interface with due to driver incompatabilities? Just curious, I have a hard time coming up with any.

As for software compatibility, OS X Quick Look natively reads more files than a default Windows installation without any additional software installed. OS X is highly compatible with other file formats.

Your argument that OS X can't interface with the outside world is incredibly ignorant.

Gaming? Okay you're using myopic arguments again to make your point.

It is the one point that is actually relevant to me, given that my PC is a game machine first and foremost. It is the only tangible difference between the two operating systems, and I prefer almost everything else about OS X (note that I also think Windows 7 is great).

The biggest game of the year in 2011, Elder Scrolls Skyrim, doesn't even have an official Mac version. Still. Yes more and more games on Steam have OS X versions, but there's always that very good chance a huge title could pass you by, with your only resort being to Boot Camp into Windows if you want to play it.

Yup, and that's fine, I know what I'm getting into. The tradeoff of having an excellent laptop and missing something like Skyrim without dual-booting is fine by me. Enough games that actually matter to me (Blizzard and Valve namely) are native to the platform anyway, so I'm all good.

(Skyrim is boring anyway, /ducks)

OS X lost Takin. The war is already over. Give the Reality Distortion field a rest.

OS X continues to grow marketshare in a declining market. So long as the operating system and the hardware is top-notch, I'm a-ok with it. I'm sorry if the higher price tag shuts out more people than it needs to, but you get what you pay for.

It is almost the same with PC gaming rigs. My desktop PC is well out of the price range than most people can afford and makes up an even smaller percentage of machines out there than Macs, but that doesn't make it bad.

"If you can find a PS3 anywhere in North America that's been on shelves for more than five minutes, I'll give you 1,200 bucks for it." -- SCEA President Jack Tretton
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